Iain Duncan Smith is an affront to life

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

03_march_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,360

Thursday 03 March 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Iain Duncan Smith’s affront at the intervention of the House of Lords over his draconian cuts to the support for future ESA claimants is, whilst predictable, an affront to the nation. What it reveals is his utter contempt for any form of democratic process and accountability and his contempt for the will of the people.

Whatever the shortcomings of the second house, one of which is that it is elected by privilege and not democratic vote, a process that you clearly support having sent, according to the Guardian, 244 people to the Lords since becoming prime minister, it serves as a vital check on government policies.

Smith can throw as many toys out of his pram as he likes, but you can’t have it both ways. Either we have some process of democratic accountability…

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